Word Confusion: Every Place versus Everyplace

Posted September 11, 2017 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Self-Editing, Word Confusions

The only real difference between every place and everyplace is in formal versus informal writing. While everyplace is most commonly used, every place, when used to mean every spot or location, is appropriate at all levels of style.

Curious About Other Everys?

If you’re curious about other every closed compound words, you may want to check out “Every Body versus Everybody“, “Every Day versus Everyday“, “Every Man versus Everyman“, “Every One versus Everyone“, “Every Thing versus Everything“, and “Every Way versus Everyway“.

Word Confusions…

…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.

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Every Place Everyplace
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Your Dictionary.com: everyplace; Dictionary.com: everyplace; Collins English Dictionary: everyplace

“God Bless” by Seth Drum is under the CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license, via Visualhunt.com

Every place you look, there’s destruction.


“The Golden Arches” by soham_pablo is under the CC BY 2.0 license, via VisualHunt.com

You can find McDonald’s everyplace.

Part of Grammar:
Adverbial Phrase consisting of a Determiner + Noun
Plural for noun: every place
Closed Compound Word


Adverb
[Appropriate in all styles of writing] Every spot or location [U.S.; informal] Everywhere

  • In or to every place
Examples:
“The Every Place Counts Design Challenge builds on Secretary Foxx’s efforts to highlight the long-lasting impacts of transportation decisions on communities across the country (U.S. Department of Transportation Launches Every Place Counts Design Challenge).

It’s not a peace that can be found every place, but it is one that should be treasured.

You can find this every place you look.

There are trees and flowers for every place in the garden.

“It is an everyplace, thoroughly Irish but perilously vulnerable to changes in the prevailing global winds.” – Andrew Fox, “Tiger, Tiger: The Hunt for the Great Irish Novel“, The Daily Beast, 27 Feb 2014.

“Joey got all jacked-up feeling, all strange and tight and hard everyplace, and his breathing got windy.” – LaVyrle Spencer, Family Blessings

You can find this everyplace you look.

History of the Word:
First recorded in 1915–20.

C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!

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Vorfeld Terminal 1 is User:My name’s own work under the GFDL or CC BY 3.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons.


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